Mathematics

  • At Advantage Academy, students have numerous experiences investigating mathematical ideas and concepts through problem-solving activities, rotation stations, hands-on manipulatives, performances, and STEM. 

    Problem Solving Activities: Solving real-world life problems is a fun way to learn mathematics. Use a problem-solving model that includes analyzing a given problem, creating a plan or strategy, deciding a solution, justifying the solution, and evaluating your process to determine if your solution works well.

    Rotation Stations: Small group rotations incorporate 14 Essential Elements and 3 Phases of the Tabor Rotation Framework. Experience concepts in varied modalities and in a way that is meaningful, engaging, and fun.

    Hands-on Manipulatives: Explore your world both online and in the classroom using math manipulatives, including graphing technology.

    STEM: STEM projects engage students in the engineering design process. Use simple materials to research and develop possible solutions for a variety of real-world problems. Design, construct, and test a prototype; communicate results; and evaluate and redesign to find even better solutions. 

    Performance-Based Assessments: Performance-based assessments are provided in every curriculum unit as an alternative method to a traditional pencil-and-paper test. These hands-on activities measure both content knowledge and the application of higher-order thinking skills.

    Interactive Textbook: Science notebooks are powerful tools that can be used for conceptual understanding. Develop, practice, and refine the understanding of science while also enhancing vocabulary, reading, writing, mathematics, and communication skills.

     

Elementary Mathematics Highlights

  • Elementary students will gain an understanding in mathematics in the following areas of focus:

    Kindergarten: Understanding counting and cardinality, addition as joining, and subtraction as separating and comparing objects by measurable attributes.

    Grade 1: Understanding and applying place value, solving problems involving addition and subtraction, and composing and decomposing two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional solids.

    Grade 2: Making comparisons within the base-10 place value system, solving problems with addition and subtraction within the thousands, and building foundations for multiplication.

    Grades 3-5:

    • Applying place value and identify part-to-whole relationships and equivalence.
    • Algebraic reasoning: Represent and solve problems with expressions and equations, build foundations of functions through patterning, identify prime and composite numbers, and use the order of operations. 
    • Geometry and measurement: Classify two-dimensional figures, connect geometric attributes to the measures of three-dimensional figures, use units of measure, and represent location using a coordinate plane.
    • Data analysis: Represent and interpret data.

Middle School Mathematics Highlights

  • In Grades 6 - 8, student focus includes number and operations; proportionality; expressions, equations, and relationships; and measurement and data. Students will:

    • Use concepts, algorithms, and properties of rational numbers to explore mathematical relationships and to describe increasingly complex situations. 
    • Use concepts of proportionality to explore, develop, and communicate mathematical relationships. 
    • Use algebraic thinking to describe how a change in one quantity in a relationship results in a change in the other. 
    • Connect verbal, numeric, graphic, and symbolic representations of relationships, including equations and inequalities. 
    • Use geometric properties and relationships, as well as spatial reasoning, to model and analyze situations and solve problems. 
    • Communicate information about geometric figures or situations by quantifying attributes, generalize procedures from measurement experiences, and use the procedures to solve problems. 
    • Use appropriate statistics, representations of data, and reasoning to draw conclusions, evaluate arguments, and make recommendations. 

High School Mathematics Highlights

  • High School students will need 4 credits in math. The following courses are available to all high school students: 

    Algebra I: Students will study linear, quadratic, and exponential functions and their related transformations, equations, and associated solutions. Students will use technology to collect and explore data and analyze statistical relationships.

    Geometry: Students will explore concepts covering logical argument and constructions; proof and congruence; similarity, proof, and trigonometry; two- and three-dimensional figures; and probability.

    Algebra II: Students will broaden their knowledge of quadratic functions, exponential functions, systems of equations, data analysis, logarithm, and algebraic methods.

    Pre-Calculus: Pre-calculus deepens students' mathematical understanding with algebra and trigonometry and extends their ability to investigate and make connections; apply concepts and procedures at higher levels; and develop strategies for analyzing situations.

    Financial Math: Students will learn personal money management and apply critical-thinking skills to analyze personal financial decisions based on current and projected economic factors. Financial Mathematics will integrate career and postsecondary education planning into financial decision-making.